2019 IEM Katowice Major

The FACEIT London Minors are underway, but it’s never too early to prepare for the future. Today we’re announcing that the first CS:GO Major Championship of 2019 will take place in Katowice!

The action unfolds over three weeks, starting with the opening matches of the Challengers Stage on February 14th. The event then moves to the International Congress Center (ICC), where fans can watch the Legends Stage live from February 21-24th.

Finally, the eight Legends head to the massive Spodek Arena from February 28th to March 3rd, as they fight for the title of Major Champion and the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 prize pool!

For more information about the 2019 IEM Katowice Major, visit http://en.intelextrememasters.com/

Minors and the Road to London

CS:GO teams aspire to claim the title of Major Champion, but before hoisting the trophy they must qualify.

The road to the FACEIT London Major in September begins tomorrow, July 7th, with the first of four Minor Championships. Eight teams will participate in the Americas, CIS, Asia, and European Minor Championships with the top two teams advancing to the New Challengers stage of the FACEIT London Major.

Follow along by watching the matches live on Twitch and YouTube.

The full Minors schedule can be found below:

    Americas Minor: July 7-11
    CIS Minor: July 10-13
    Asia Minor: July 16-20
    European Minor: July 19-22

Good luck to all the participating teams, and for more information about the FACEIT London Major, visit faceitmajor.com.

Panoramic View

Today we’re launching a preview of the all-new Panorama UI for CS:GO. This visual overhaul is the most substantial change to the look and feel of CS:GO since the game was released in 2012. From the Main Menu to the Scoreboard, the entire experience of interacting with the game has been updated.

We’re still working on Panorama, but the biggest pieces are ready so it’s time for the CS:GO community to try it out!

Panorama UI is currently available as a beta release, click here for details on how to test the update. Note that this release of Panorama UI only supports “Practice with Bots.” You can also play with a friend by joining a party and starting a practice session.

Smoke Mid Every Day

Today we’re updating the Active Duty map pool; Cobblestone is out and CS:GO’s most iconic map, Dust II, is back in!

The revised Active Duty pool will be featured at the FACEIT Major in London later this year. And don’t worry – if you were hoping to queue for Cobblestone, it’s still available in each game mode.

Nuke available in Wingman

We’re also adding a shortened version of Nuke to the Wingman map pool. This version of Nuke features some experimental changes to the B bomb site, so queue for a match if you’d like to get a sneak peek.

Casual Map Groups

The casual map groups have been adjusted based on map playtime. Cobblestone has been moved into the ‘Delta’ Map group. Shipped and Austria have been moved into the ‘Sigma’ Map group.

Oh, and we stomped a nasty server bug. Have a good weekend everyone!

Adjustments to maps and trade

Today’s update includes a host of adjustments to Nuke, Dust II, and Canals, so jump into a match and see what’s new!

Along with those map updates, we’re also making an adjustment to CS:GO item trading, described below.

For details, click here.

Revisiting Trade

Steam trading was created to allow customers to easily exchange items with each other, and each day we see thousands of customers using Steam Trading in this way. Recently we’ve been looking into ways to reduce some negative unintended uses of trading in CS:GO (such as fraud and scams), with the goal of preserving trade between players.

Starting today, CS:GO items received in trade will have the same seven-day trade cooldown as items purchased in-game or via the Steam Community Market.

Over time, third-parties have developed services that use automated Steam accounts to mimic players and make use of Steam’s trading functionality. Unfortunately, some of these third party services have become a vector for fraud or scams. Unlike players, these services rely on the ability to trade each item very frequently. In contrast, a given item moves between actual players no more than once a week in the vast majority of cases.

We want to make sure that Steam item trading is a useful feature that continues to provide customers with the freedom to give and receive items as they wish. However, we realize today’s change may also be disruptive to some players. We’ll continue to evaluate trading policies as time goes on, and if you have any feedback or concerns about the change you can email us at CSGOTeamFeedback [at] valvesoftware.com.